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OK here is a clue
Just look at the colours. You won’t believe what they call this bird (oops gave that bit away)
Isn’t he gorgeous?
There you go. This folks, is known as a Brown Pelican! Brown! I know the body is brown as apposed to the white variety – but seriously, what were they thinking in calling this multicoloured beauty merely brown. I like brown, but come on have some imagination you ornithological naming authorities.
When you only have your Sony HX200V camera, no special lenses and no tripod you really hope the birds will be cooperative. Today was ‘cooperate with Rod’ day. I wonder if that was on Marylin W’s calendar?
It’s a wonderful walk to the end of Las Muertos beach, then up the steps and over the rocks and around three small but gorgeous bays, and you come to La Playita restaurant in Conchas Chinas. Between noon and 1 pm each day a fisherman in a kayak pulls up on the beach with his catch. The pelicans start congregating an hour before he arrives and wait for their share. Along the way we stoop to pick up wonderfully coloured shells (all dead, no live creatures), and coloured beach-glass. I love the way nature takes broken bottle glass and turns it into little gems – blue, green, amber, brown.
Today was a bonus we were accompanied by our friends Ron and Marilyn. They hadn’t been to these beaches before. It added to our pleasure seeing these places again through new eyes.
It was a five-hour excursion and exertion, but worth every step (11,000 according to the pedometer), every rock and stair we climbed and every ache and pain this evening. I hope you shared some of our enjoyment.